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http://www.scenic,com/ | Visiting the Grand Canyon is not limited to the summer months. Visitors enjoy spectacular views of the snow-dusted canyon and fewer crowds in the winter months. Explore wintertime activities for the whole family.
Guide to Visiting the Grand Canyon's South Rim in Winter
The Grand Canyon area has
plenty to offer visitors in the
winter months—most notably,
spectacular views of the
canyon dusted in snow.
Winter visitors enjoy much
smaller crowds and a greater
sense of solitude.
Let’s explore some of the
many activities for the whole
family during the winter
season around Grand Canyon
If your family loves an authentic
outdoors experience, Mather
Campground in Grand Canyon
Village on the South Rim is an
excellent camping spot.
With hundreds of campsites and
full facilities, including showers,
dump station (for RVers) and
even a laundry facility, you can
stay comfortably for days at this
campground. Just be sure to bring
plenty of warm clothes!
Bonus: Wild elk are frequently
seen throughout the campground.
Approximately 8 miles
west of Grand Canyon
Village sits an old
structure known today
as “Hermit’s Rest.”
The structure was built
in 1914 on the canyon’s
edge, and was designed
to look like a natural rock
Hermit’s Rest was
originally a rest stop.
would drop off visitors to
relax or before their
journey down the
If roughing it isn’t your thing, enjoy more luxurious accommodations at the El
Tovar Lodge in Grand Canyon Village, which is generally decorated during the
holidays, making it even more magical.
Designed to resemble a Swiss Chalet, the El Tovar Lodge was built in 1905 and
sits near the edge of the Grand Canyon on the South Rim, providing visitors with
spectacular views. After a day of fun activities, a hot cup of cocoa by the fire will
hit the spot.
The Rim Trail, which can be
picked up from any viewpoint in
Grand Canyon Village, is a good
choice for a winter day hike.
The mostly paved 13-mile long
trail stretches from the South
Kaibab trailhead at its eastern
end to Hermit’s Rest at the
Note that there is no water along
the trail and the trail can get icy
and slick in the winter.
On the West Rim of the Grand Canyon sits quite
possibly the most exhilarating platform on the
Perched at the canyon’s edge thousands of feet in the
air, the Skywalk bridge gives brave hearts a view into
the canyon unlike any other.
One of the most popular ways to see the Skywalk is
on a Grand Canyon tour. Your family won’t be
disappointed by this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
From military jets to crop dusters, the Planes of Fame
Air Museum has a wide selection of planes on display
for the aviation enthusiasts in your family.
The museum is approximately 30 miles south of
Grand Canyon Village, and there is a car museum
next door, making the drive especially worthwhile.
General admission is $6.95, and free for kids under 5.
Originally constructed with the express purpose of helping geologists observe
and understand the geology of the Grand Canyon, the Yavapai Geology
Museum has been outfitted with new geology exhibits in recent years to help
visitors understand the geology and formation of the Grand Canyon.
The museum sits at the canyon’s edge and has outdoor platforms from which
visitors can view the canyon.
Scenic is the largest and most
experienced aerial tour operator in
the world, specializing in charter
Grand Canyon airplane tours.
Scenic has pioneered the aerial
sightseeing industry since it began
tours in 1967. Our Grand Canyon air
tours showcase the most impressive
landscapes of the National Parks,
allowing visitors from all over the
world to experience the rich beauty
of the Southwest.
Scenic offers over 20 unique tours
varying from easy and relaxed to
adventure expeditions. Tours range
from a one-hour, air-only sightseeing
flight, to a three-day, two-night
program throughout the Southwest.
Visit www.scenic.com for tour
information or call (800) 634-6801.
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